John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
A new report from 610 Sports' Danny Parkins says Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert wants to be paid like a top left tackle. What does that mean and how much will it cost?
Slowly but surely we're starting to glean more information about the situation with Branden Albert and the Kansas City Chiefs. Danny Parkins of 610 Sports reports Albert wants to stay in Kansas City ... but doesn't want to take a hometown discount.
I'm not sure if anyone actually expected him to take a hometown discount. That's a thing that's talked about a lot but it doesn't happen very often.
Parkins also reported on 610 Sports that Albert wants to be paid like a top five left tackle.
So what does that mean?
It means roughly $10 million per year, or more, depending on the contract.
In 2011 Joe Thomas signed a record-breaking eight-year, $92 million deal with the Browns.
In 2010 Donald Penn signed six-year, $41.7 million deal with the Bucs.
Perhaps the most comparable player to Albert is the Broncos' Ryan Clady. He was drafted three spots before Albert in the 2008 NFL Draft. We have some concerns about Albert's back given last season and Clady had a fairly serious knee injury in 2010.
Clady, last summer, reportedly turned down a five-year, $50 million contract.
Personally this doesn't surprise me at all. That $10+ million per year figure is about what I expected.
Now can -- or should -- the Chiefs lock him up?